Course Title: Monitor a safe workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: OHTH5470C

Course Title: Monitor a safe workplace

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4222 - Certificate IV in International Trade

Course Contact : John Fowler

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5666

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Barry Whyms.

Telephone; 99255437. 

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor the organisation’s occupational health and safety (OHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area to meet legislative requirements.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements applt to this unit at time of endorsement

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBOHS407A Monitor a safe workplace


1. Provide information to the workgroup about OHS policies and procedures

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Accurately explain relevant provisions of OHS legislation and codes of practice to the workgroup
1.2. Provide information to the workgroup on the organisation's OHS policies, procedures and programs, ensuring it is readily accessible by the workgroup
1.3. Regularly provide and clearly explain information about identified hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment and control to the workgroup


2. Implement and monitor participative arrangements for the management of OHS

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Explain the importance of effective consultative mechanisms in managing health and safety risks
2.2. Implement and monitor consultative procedures to facilitate participation of workgroup in management of work area hazards
2.3. Promptly deal with issues raised through consultation, in accordance with organisational consultation procedures
2.4. Promptly record and communicate to the workgroup the outcomes of consultation over OHS issues


3. Implement and monitor the organisation's procedures for providing OHS training

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Systematically identify OHS training needs in line with organisational requirements
3.2. Make arrangements to meet OHS training needs of team members in consultation with relevant individuals
3.3. Provide workplace learning opportunities, and coaching and mentoring assistance to facilitate team and individual achievement of identified training needs
3.4. Identify and report to management the costs associated with providing training for work team, for inclusion in financial plans


4. Implement and monitor procedures for identifying hazards and assessing risks

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Identify and report on hazards in work area in accordance with OHS policies and procedures
4.2. Promptly action team member hazard reports in accordance with organisational procedures


5. Implement and monitor the organisation's procedures for controlling risks

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Implement procedures to control risks using the hierarchy of controls and organisational requirements
5.2. Identify and report inadequacies in existing risk control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of controls
5.3. Monitor outcomes of reported inadequacies, where appropriate, to ensure a prompt organisational response


6. Implement and monitor the organisation’s procedures for maintaining OHS records for the team

Performance Criteria:

6.1. Accurately complete and maintain OHS records of incidents of occupational injury and disease in work area in accordance with OHS legal requirements
6.2. Use aggregate information and data from work area records to identify hazards and monitor risk control procedures in work area

Learning Outcomes

This course applies to indivuals with a broad knowledge of OHS policies who contribute well developed skills in creating solutions to unpredictable problems through analysis and evaluation of information from a variety of sources. They provide supervision and guidance to others and have limites responsibility for the output of others.

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative class room based activities.

The self-based activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and will include student contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice skills in a simulated workplace environment.


This course is co-delivered with BUSM6237C Identify risk and apply risk management processes

Teaching Schedule


1. Pre-training review:
Familiarisation with:
• Program
• Services/facilities
• Other students
• Teacher(s)
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Pre-reading
• Blackboard
• Overview of assessment requirements
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy

2.OHS Legislation and Codes of Practice.

3.OHS Polices and Procedures

4.Assess Risk

5.OHS Consultation

6.Facilitate OHS Participation

7.OHS Training Needs

8.OHS Training Budget

9. Identify Hazards

10.Hazard Reporting Procedures

11.Hierarchy of Risk Controls

12.Develop Risk Control Procedures

13.OHS Incident Reporting

14.Analyse Work Safety Data

15.Course Revision.

16 Course Feedback.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts Also available free from Worksafe Ground Floor 222Exhibition Street,Melbourne.


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

This unit shall be assessed as per the performance criteria for each element and must ensure:

a. access to an actual workplace or simulated environment

b. access to office equipment and resources

c. examples of documentation relating to hazards in the work place

d. examples of documents relating to workplace safety, hazard identification and risk assessment

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress

Assessment comprises: Individual report on OHS legislation, Group Project of a worksite and Presentation

Assessment Tasks

Critical aspects of assessment

The critical aspects of assessment are:
• Validity – the assessment tool is designed and implemented so that it measures performance accurately and precisely
• Reliability – the assessment tool is designed and implemented so that the measurements received are consistent over a period of time or a number of assessment events
• Fairness – the assessment tool is designed and implemented so that it is non-discriminatory and unambiguous
• Flexibility – the assessment tool is designed to allow for its application in a range of different contexts and conditions, and uses a range of methodologies


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1   In Class Test

Assessment 2  Project

Assessment 3  Final Test.

Submission Requirements

Assessment tasks must be submitted via Blackboard.

You should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Marking Guide (competency):
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading)
After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:


We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach to the task


We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in the assessments system. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all requirements in all the assessment tasks.


We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended audience. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in managing pertinent issues and how these might be addressed.


If required by the teacher we would expect to see ongoing uploading of information into Pebble Pad that is relevant to the unit, full utilisation of Pebble Pad and Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.


We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled Collaborate sessions. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach to management issues in the workplace.

Final Grades table:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

Assessment Matrix

Full details on how this course is assessed against the Unit elements and performance criteria plus critical aspects of evidence can be found in the Learning and Assessment Tool available from your course teacher.

Other Information

The total number of scheduled hours of teaching, learning and assessment involved in this course includes all planned activities including face to face classes, lectures. Workshops and seminars; workplace visits, on line learning and other forms of structured teaching and learning. The total scheduled hours also covers the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including observation of work performance, discussions with supervisors and others providing third party evidence and one on one and group assessment sessions with students.

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